ANDREA MITCHELL CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF DEMOCRACY POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP 2018-2019
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
2018-2019 Academic Year
The University of Pennsylvania’s Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy invites applications for a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in any discipline whose research is pertinent to the theme of the Center’s 2018-2019 faculty workshop series, "Democracy in Trouble?" In addition to pursuing independent research, the postdoctoral fellow is expected to attend monthly workshops connected to the faculty series and contribute to the events’ lively discussions; teach one undergraduate course related to their academic interests; co-lead a research seminar for Mitchell Center undergraduate fellows; and attend other Mitchell events whenever possible. The stipend is $53,800 plus benefits, including health insurance.
The “Democracy in Trouble?” theme year grows from a growing sense that democratic governance is under siege around the world. New democracies such as Poland and Hungary are reverting to authoritarian practices. Voters throughout the West – and elsewhere – have shown a willingness to jettison democratic institutions and norms to pursue the narrow interests of national, linguistic, or religious groups. Commitment to democracy has waned in particular among young people. The United States and other countries have witnessed demagogic attacks on the media, the courts, and an array of perceived internal enemies. “Democracy in Trouble?” seeks to both examine and counter these trends with wide-ranging discussions that reach our entire campus community and beyond.
The faculty series will consist of two conferences that bookend the academic year. The first will provide a frank appraisal of democracy’s current challenges. The second will focus on strategies of resistance to authoritarian rule. In a series of faculty seminars throughout the year we will host public discussions led by engaged faculty on tough issues around democracy: how the media can better serve it; whether economic reforms are necessary to bolster it; whether immigration challenges it; how authoritarian regimes like Russia seek to undermine it; how voter suppression affects its operation; and more.
Global in its outlook, multifaceted in its purposes, the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy seeks to contribute to the ongoing quest for democratic values, ideas, and institutions throughout the world. In addition to hosting speakers from the fields of academia, journalism, politics, and public policy, the Mitchell Center supports undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral research. It continues the legacy of the Penn Program for Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism, which fostered interdisciplinary scholarship from 2007 to 2017.
International scholars are welcome. Applicants should have received the PhD no earlier than May 2013 but must have completed all requirements for the PhD by September 30, 2018.
In addition to the Personal and Profile information requested by Interfolio, the following information and documents will be required:
1. Email Address
2. Home Telephone Number
3. Mobile Telephone Number
4. Country of Citizenship
5. Country of Permanent Residence
6. Current Position (Indicate your title, department, institution, and City/State). If you are not employed, please state what you are currently doing.
7. Potential mentors (three) - faculty members at the University of Pennsylvania) for the completion of your project as described (you do not need to contact the faculty yourself.)
Documents to be uploaded
1. CV - Include Teaching Experience (including institution, position, and dates held), Fellowships and Scholarships received, and all Publications (note refereed publications with an asterisk)
2. Title and Description of Two Undergraduate Course Proposals - Single-spaced (one page each)
proposals of possible Undergraduate Seminars you would like to teach at Penn.
3. Title and Description of Proposed Research Study – No more than 1,000 words.
4. Confidential Letters of Recommendation (three) - Referees should be asked both to comment on your proposed project and to discuss your qualifications as a teacher.
5. Writing Sample – An article or excerpt of a book or dissertations chapter. ( 20 page limit.)
6. Cover Letter